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The rutting red Deer is one of the highlights of the highland year , between October and November the head-dress made of grass and moss is a common sight among the stags trying to make themselves look bigger. They bellow and roar to warn off other stags and to impress the females .Stags often appear black after smearing themselves with peat from boggy pools ,glands secrete a dark fluid to broadcast information about age and sex .By the end of the rut the males may shed up to twenty percent of there body weight . The shot was taken on a 300 mm lens ,with a canon 1DS ll. rut 1

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The Red Deer Stags are making the most of the sunshine eating as much as possible and resting in preparation for the rutting season.d1

deer bloThe harsh winter can be hard on the wildlife in the snow-covered hills of the highlands , many of the weak or sick red deer will die if the snow cover lasts to long. While bad news for the deer this can create rich pickings for the local predators such as Sea Eagles ,Golden Eagles ,Foxes and even Badgers.In cold weather more deer come down from the hills and come into contact with traffic on the roads, this can make driving at night around here quite exciting.

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As the weather in the highlands of Scotland gets colder the red deer come down from the hills into the valleys .Many any are killed on roads each year ,a fully grown stag is a big beast and can do a great deal of damage to a car as I know to my cost , but they are beautiful animals and its almost always a pleasure to see them.

Wildlife of Scoraig

Wildlife shot in 2012

photos taken in 2012 around the Scoraig and Donnell area